Brode Prepares For Toledo Short Track Debut "Short Track Veteran Takes The Rein Of The No. 48" TOLEDO, Ohio (May 17, 2007) - - Dan Brode won't have to worry about the NASCAR-funded teams as the ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) steers towards Toledo ...
Brode Prepares For Toledo Short Track Debut
"Short Track Veteran Takes The Rein Of The No. 48"
TOLEDO, Ohio (May 17, 2007) - - Dan Brode won't have to worry about the NASCAR-funded teams as the ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) steers towards Toledo Speedway this weekend. Instead, he'll have to rely on his previous short track success to make his ARS debut in Sunday's Hantz Group 200 by Federated Auto Care in the No. 48 Tucson-FreeFeds.org Dodge Charger.
Brode, a successful short track racer from the Carolinas turns to the ARS to boost his racing resume while gaining knowledge and experience in these 3400 pound race cars, as he's expected to drive for Carter-2-Motorsports (C2M) the rest of the season.
Last weekend, Brode attempted to make his debut in the ARCA series which is known for NASCAR development but came just one position shy of making his Kentucky Speedway debut. After fumbling with problems in practice, the team rebounded with Brode stepping up to the challenge. Unfortunately, he didn't make the Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 and instead cheered teammate Nick Tucker who rallied from a provisional starting spot to a 21st place finish.
"It's upsetting that we didn't make Kentucky, but I learned an awful lot," said Brode. "We overcame the obstacles from practice and just missed the race. We gave it our all in qualifying and just came up a little short. Now we're refocused and ready for Toledo Speedway this weekend."
Brode won't have to look far for veteran advice this weekend. Both James Hylton and car owner Roger Carter will be on hand to assist the development driver this weekend. "It's all about associated yourself with the right people and I think I've found a good home at Carter-2-Motorsports. You can't get any better than James Hylton and Roger Carter has been very supportive of my transition to ARCA, I'm looking forward to working with them and the crew this weekend."
The organization welcomes Tucson on board as co-primary sponsor for Brode's No. 48 machine this weekend. The Free Feds Foundation (FreeFeds.org) will also co-sponsor Brode's inaugural ARCA run.
FreeFeds.org's sole purpose is to gain public support for adding parole for non-violent, non repeat offenders to the federal prison system. They are of the belief that the federal justice system is in need of a total reform. The organization, however, is mainly interested in working toward adding a system of parole for non-violent offenders as part of that overall reform.
In addition to FreeFeds.org, Explore America, The Idaho Observer, RVrentToGo.com, 100fold.net, and Accelerating Developments International (ADI) will join the team's effort at Toledo Speedway.
"We're excited to have Tucson on board this weekend," said Brode. "They are a well-established company and there move to the ARCA RE/MAX Series I think will be a good one. I'm also excited to be promoting Carter-2-Motorsports original sponsors, especially the Free Feds Foundation; I think it's going to be one heck of a weekend." Carter-2-Motorsports (www.carter2motorsports.com) whose ARCA RE/MAX Series operation is based in Statesville, North Carolina will run Dodge Chargers in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNC) in 2007. The team will run the No. 48 handed over from the legendary James Hylton who retired from ARCA competition following the 2006 season finale at the new Iowa Speedway. The organization will also run a second ARCA team part time this season utilizing the No. 67. The organization also plans to run the No. 54 in the premier series of NASCAR, the NNC series later this year.
The Hantz Group 200 by Federated Auto Care (200 laps/100 miles) is the eighth of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. Practice begins Saturday, May 19 with an hour and a half (12:30pm-2:00pm Local Time) session planned. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is slated for later in the afternoon at 3:30pm Local Time. The event will take the green flag Sunday beginning at 12:00pm Local Time. The event will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage online at arcaracing.com